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post #51 of 55 Old 08-16-2015, 02:57 PM
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I WISH that this was ALWAYS the case, but, as we read here on thread after thread, unwanted horses, which includes ponies, are being dumped or starved. It is a real situation.
I have kept horses for 30 years and I consider this a commitment. I caution anyone who is not in it for the long haul to reconsider. Ponies do not have the utility of a full sized horse. My 6'5" would certainly NOT be comfortable riding an average conformed pony. My pony, Toma, had a big barrel and was comfortable for beginning adults, but his training gave them confidence, not his height. DH did ride Toma, occasionally, like when "Toma Makes a Movie" was filmed.
I also caution people against buying a horse that is physically compromised. I passed on a TWH mare that had a chronic eye condition that needed daily nursing. Had I bought her, it would be 11 years of 365 days of nursing.
I imagine that the OP can handle some arthritis, although I would not have bought an arthritic pony. I imagine that their pony will not be worked too hard and should not be chronically lame, but people buy horses with sorts of problems, ALL OF THE TIME, and then post threads about it, so anxious are they to own.
STILL a Buyer's market.
While I do agree with this completely, my only point was to say that it is very situational. I was not disagreeing with your previous post at all, simply saying that it really depends on the situation. The OP seems to be well informed in this case, and my point is that regardless of if they do keep this pony "forever", she seems fairly informed on such desisions, as well as pointing out that outgrowing a pony is certainly not always the case and at least around here it is fairly common to keep said pony either as a pasture pet during their retirement, or if the child turned adult still fits said pony, or possibly passes it onto their own children. OP seems like she'd have a plan down the line if pony no longer fit the kids.
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post #52 of 55 Old 08-16-2015, 06:23 PM
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So, just as an update, I wanted to let all of you know that after an unsuccessful search for other horses, we did end up buying Jersey, who we renamed Chesapeake Jersey, or Chessie. Her arthritis is well controlled with supplements, and we are as happy as can be! As she is a pony, I was hoping to rename her Princess Rainbow Unicorn Purple, but was sadly vetoed by my more mature 6 and 8 year old children.

Thank you all for your help and support!!!!!
Glad to see the happy ending. I missed the updates but was thinking that that shouldn't be a deal breaker. For a competition horse? Maybe, but for an otherwise perfect kids horse? Think we all have some degree of arthritis!

She is beautiful :) Congrats!

Wonder if she has Arab blood? Don't know her height but going off the girls she seems nice and big. I would hop on her myself. 14hh is good for me.
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Thank you all again for your support!

Yogiwick, she is a Welsh cross, that is all Iknow! And she is 14.2, I think. I'm 5'5", and she is still a good size for me (although I do have short legs!)
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post #54 of 55 Old 08-18-2015, 10:37 AM
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Thank you all again for your support!

Yogiwick, she is a Welsh cross, that is all Iknow! And she is 14.2, I think. I'm 5'5", and she is still a good size for me (although I do have short legs!)
14.2h is a wonderful size. I've had several 14h-14.2h horses/ponies, and have 3 horses that are 14.2-14.3h right now. They are my favorites to ride.

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post #55 of 55 Old 08-18-2015, 10:49 AM
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Thank you all again for your support!

Yogiwick, she is a Welsh cross, that is all Iknow! And she is 14.2, I think. I'm 5'5", and she is still a good size for me (although I do have short legs!)
I'm two inches shorter than you but long-legged, and can ride as small as 12.1hh if I squish myself into a small enough saddle (I normally ride in a 17.5 inch English saddle, most ponies that height take a 16.5 or smaller). One of the horses I ride semi-regularly is around 14.2 and she makes me look small. One of the other horses I ride semi-regularly is 16hh+ and is the perfect fit for me. Ponies take up more leg!

I'm attaching a couple of photos. The grey was 12.1hh and I was about 15 when that photo was taken but I stopped growing at 14 so I'm still around that height now. The buckskin is 14.2ish, and the photo of me on the chestnut is now nearly two years old and she has grown since then, but was around 16hh at the time (we think she's around 16.2 now). The brown is a 14.3hh Welsh Cob section D who belongs to a friend - I borrowed him for a jumping clinic. Ignore my horrible seat, he jumped awkwardly and I was expecting a refusal so got terribly left behind. Photo credit Arcasia Photography.

And last but not least a short-stirrup photo of me on my old jumping schoolmaster in the lineup for a show hack class. He was 15.1hh. I had shortened my stirrups two or three holes because my feet usually hung below his belly and judges look for the overall picture - feet level with the belly is the best overall picture.
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